"Our relationships with other animals are a very messy and confusing affair. Some people say without hesitation that they love nonhuman animals (animals) and then intentionally harm them in education, research, entertainment, for food and clothing, and for sport. I always say I'm glad they don't love me. Some people argue -- or simply claim -- we need to harm other animals to learn about them even if we cause suffering and then kill them in the name of science. While most researchers who support animal testing seem to feel this is a regrettable but necessary practice, some, such as Dr. John VandeBerg, Director of the Texas Biomedical Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas, show little or no concern at all. To quote Dr. VandeBerg, "I think of the chimpanzees in the same way that I think of a library. There are many books in the library that will never be used this year or next year... Many of them might never be used again. But we don't know which ones will be needed tomorrow, next year or the year after." Oh my."
How do you feel about animals being used for research? Do you feel that it should be outlawed, or accepted? What else can we test on if you're against it? I want to know what you think.
- I'm all for animal testing.Vote A
- In some instances it's okay, in other instaces it is totally wrong.Vote B
- I'm against animal testing all together.Vote C
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I am all for it.
Non-humans do not have rights. Rights derive from the faculty of reason.
Non-humans do not have rights for the same reason that they cannot be prosecuted or sued.
When animals kill humans, I do not hear these 'animal rights' people get angry about it. That is partly because they correctly recognize, at least implicitly, that humans have moral responsibility and volition while animals do not. But, they don't consistently recognize this, because they are driven ultimately by a hatred of humanity, which leads them to elevate animals above humans.
That said, just because animals do not have rights and therefore ought not to have any legal protections, that does not mean that anything done to an animal is morally good. Destroying for the sake of destroying is immoral. Causing pain for the sake of causing pain is immoral. Bestiality is immoral.1